TV doctor Michael Mosley has shared that drinking a regular cup of tea can help you lead a "longer, healthier life". Dr Mosley, who created the Fast 800 diet and popularised the 5:2 diet, says the drink has numerous health benefits which include lowering the risk of heart disease and strengthing your bones, the Mirror reports.
Speaking on his Just One Thing BBC Sounds podcast, Dr Mosley said: "It's mid-afternoon and I'm about to take a little break. I'm about to do just one very British thing that's not only a great stress buster but could also lower my risk of heart disease and help me live a longer, healthier life. I'm having a cup of tea.
"New research shows there are things in the tea itself that really can lower your stress levels. Not only that but studies show that drinking tea could also improve your memory and reduce your risk of bone fractures." Dr Mosley said a recent study in Australia monitored the effect of tea on the bones of 1,000 women over the age of 75. It found that those who drank more than three cups of tea a day were 30 per cent less likely to suffer a fracture due to osteoporosis.
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Dr Mosley also said the amino acid known as L-theanine, which is found in tea, has been proven to help the brain. He added: "L-theanine is a bioactive amino acid that seems to make tea particularly good for relieving stress. In tests, volunteers produced less of the stress hormone Cortisol and reported feeling more relaxed after having a drink containing L-theanine compared to a drink which didn't.
"But that's not the only advantage of the L-theanine in tea - it can also give your brain a boost. Recent studies have shown it can improve memory and reaction time when consumed with caffeine, which is, of course, also present in tea."
The health expert also shared the results of another study which showed the benefits of drinking a regular brew. Dr Mosley said: "A study of nearly half a million people in the UK found that those who drank two or more cups of tea a day had a significantly lower risk of dying over the course of the 11-year study than non-tea drinkers.
The benefits of drinking tea have also been echoed by other experts. A study carried out by the Annals of Internal Medicine in 2022, found that drinking two or more cups of tea per day is linked with a lower risk of death, compared with not drinking tea.
A study in China, published in 2020, also found that consumption of the hot drink is associated with lower risks of cardiovascular disease and all-cause death. The China-PAR project2 found that compared with never or non-habitual tea drinkers, habitual tea consumers had a 20 per cent lower risk of incident heart disease and stroke, and a 22 per cent lower risk of fatal heart disease and stroke.
They also had a 15 per cent decreased risk of all-cause death, the study suggests.
First author Dr Xinyan Wang, of the Chinese Academy of Medical Science in Beijing, said: “Habitual tea consumption is associated with lower risks of cardiovascular disease and all-cause death. The favourable health effects are the most robust for green tea and for long-term habitual tea drinkers.”